Friday, May 24, 2019

Spring Grove Soda Recipes

Spring Grove Soda posted this on their Facebook page earlier today:

Some of these I want to try! I'm not real big on alcohol, but my Mom likes RumChata, so that last one could sound good to the both of us! And "cinnamon roll" sounds good to me as well. As does "cream puff."

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Oak Creek Barrel Aged Root Beer

Sorry! It's been nearly a month since my last review! We just got through finals, and grades got submitted last night. So now I'm taking a breather with a root beer I've had in the fridge for the last 4 weeks...

Oak Creek Barrel Aged Root Beer

Brand: Oak Creek Barrel Aged Root Beer.

Origin: Redding, California.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This was good! I'm glad I had a good root beer waiting for me after a month of inactivity on this blog. It was really deep and herby. There was a lot of flavor, with just a hint of anise and really no wintergreen. It went down pretty easy! I call this one quite a bit more than the "blonde" Oak Creek root beer. Tasty!

Score: 9 out of 10.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Timeline of Cherry Coke

Cherry Coke History
Cherry Coke over the years.

And Cherry Coke Zero recently got a makeover as well:

Cherry Coke Zero New Can
Old and new cans.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

J. Gasco's Elderflower Fizzy Italian Soda

Last night, I tried this TINY 6.75 oz bottle of Italian Soda:

J. Gasco's Elderflower Fizzy Italian Soda
I didn't get a photo in comparison to something else - this is TINY!

Brand: J. Gasco's Elderflower Fizzy Italian Soda.

Origin: Torino, Italy.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar and "Burnt Sugar."

Review: This had a nice "adult" flavor - it was sweet, but it was a dry sweetness that wasn't too over-the-top. My wife and I enjoyed it. It would be great in a mixed drink, but it was just fine on it's own as well. I had to google "burnt sugar" to see what that was, as it's listed as the last ingredient on the list. This was unique and tasty! Worth a try!

Score: 8 out of 10.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kickin' Cow Cola

The boys and I cracked into this earlier today:

Kickin' Cow Cola

I had no idea what the flavor was, but my boys were excited to try it anyway:

Charlie trying his first sip...

... and his reaction.

My older son said it tasted like "soap mixed with mouthwash" and he didn't finish his sip. My younger son (pictured) loved it.

Brand: Kickin' Cow Cola.

Origin: Poultney, VT.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Evaporated Cane Juice.

Review: I had to go online to see what the flavor actually was. All I found was "like natural Pepsi," which I thought was way off. This was hardly "cola-like" at all. I'd describe it as a "gentle" ginger ale. It was nearly clear, with just a slight tan color. It wasn't bad (SURELY not as bad as "soap mixed with mouthwash), but it wasn't totally amazing either. I'll rank it just above average.

Score: 6 out of 10.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Jackson Hole South Fork Strawberry Rhubarb Soda

I opened this last night:

Jackson Hole South Fork Strawberry Rhubarb Soda

Brand: Jackson Hole South Fork Strawberry Rhubarb Soda.

Origin: Jackson, WY.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Cane sugar.

Review: This tasted like a pretty honest-to-goodness "strawberry rhubarb." The problem with that is I've never been a huge fan of strawberry rhubarb flavored anything. So the short version is the flavor is right on, but I didn't care for the flavor a ton. It has the sweetness of strawberry with a little bitter bite of rhubarb. It's not "bad," but it's just not a taste I prefer.

Score: 4 out of 10.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Soda Pun

Blue Sun Soda Shop recently posted this "dad joke" on Instagram:

Monday, March 25, 2019

Coca Cola California Raspberry

I stopped at Cub Foods in Midway (St. Paul) this past week to get a few things with my boys. We walked past the sodas, and I found this single bottle (they sell a lot of 4- or 6-packs, so it's nice to find some individual bottles for sale):

Coca Cola California Raspberry

Brand: Coca Cola California Raspberry.

Origin: Anywhere?

Purchase Place: Cub Foods, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This had that oh-so-recognizable Coca Cola flavor, but then there was a berry "tartness" to it as well. I can't call that tartness good or bad - it was just tart. I don't know that I could have labeled it as "raspberry" had I not know what I was drinking, but it was pretty good. So I guess I'm saying the "raspberry" flavor isn't 100% right, but the raspberry "tartness" was about right. Overall, it was a nice version of Coke!

Score: 6.5 out of 10.